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About Personal Training:

What is a personal trainer?

A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. These professionals motivate clients by setting goals, providing feedback, and monitoring progress. Trainers document and review a client's health history to help ensure it is safe for the client to begin an exercise program. They are able to ascertain potential risks and, when necessary, obtain a physician's clearance for clients with certain medical needs.

Personal trainers may perform fitness assessments to analyze a client's strengths and weaknesses before beginning an exercise program. Then again after a desired amount of time to measure their client's improvements in physical fitness. They may also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines. Qualified personal trainers recognize their own areas of expertise and will confidently consult other qualified trainers or refer clients to other qualified trainers when they realize they are outside of these areas.

Personal trainers have an arsenal of strength, conditioning, and sport specific training exercises, all of which can be tailored/modified to each individual they work with. Most keep exercise records for each client in order to track progress and to know when it's time to make adjustments accordingly. In addition, they are trained to carefully monitor, direct, instruct, and demonstrate every exercise they have prescribed.

Trainers recognize when an exercise in not being executed properly and can make necessary adjustments immediately to avoid injury and gain the full benefits as intended. They will also periodically make changes to exercise programs to avoid plateaus and boredom.     << Back

Why hire a personal trainer

Motivation, accountability and proper instruction are the three main factors for hiring a personal trainer, and it's a decision that should be carefully considered. It is both a time and financial commitment, but one that is well worth the investment. People who have regular appointments with a trainer are more likely to adhere to a long term exercise program, reach their fitness goals and are less likely to suffer exercise related injuries.

A personal trainer will pay close attention to your exercise form, workout routine, and nutrition plan. They know how to safely push clients beyond their comfort level with higher intensities and weight loads which produces faster results. Studies have shown people who work with a personal trainer are more satisfied with their exercise routines and have more confidence in their abilities to perform physical tasks outside of the gym.     << Back

Why experience is important

Your personal trainer should have several years of experience and even more importantly, that experience should be in relation to your exercise needs and fitness goals. Many personal trainers are experts in a multitude of areas, but you need to ask to be sure especially if you are recovering from an injury, have a chronic illness/condition. A personal trainer should be knowledgeable in rehabilitation and be willing to work with your doctor if necessary.

The more experience a trainer has, the more likely they are to have worked with many variables, doctors, physical therapists, and coaches. This means they will either know what to do for specific cases or will know who to consult.

The more experience a trainer has, the more valuable their time is which means they have earned the right to charge higher rates than trainers with less experience.     << Back

Consider specific needs

If you play sports, have an injury, or have a chronic medical condition, then you may have specific needs that must be considered. A personal trainer should have the ability to prescribe an exercise program uniquely designed to meet those needs.

Trainers are educated in multiple disciplines such as agility, explosive power, and endurance for the athlete, as well as various strength training methods and lower intensity conditioning options for clients who have chronic conditions and/or are considered high risk.    << Back

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